All Pam Betts ever wanted to be was a teacher. Although she obtained an Environmental Science degree straight out of school, her first job would suggest a higher authority might have agreed with that aim.
"After three years I thought it was important to get some experience within the workforce and started work in 1980 as the planning assistant for Brisbane Catholic Education," she said.
After two years helping to plan future schools, the passionate desire to teach was still there and Pam went back to university and completed her Diploma of Education majoring in Mathematics and Geography.
The dream had finally become reality and 30 years on the Brisbane southside girl, a proud and passionate old girl of St Elizabeth's Primary School, Ekibin and Our Lady's College, Annerley, where she was school captain in 1976, has just taken over the reins of the top job at Brisbane Catholic Education.
Talking to Pam in late January, the executive director role at Brisbane Catholic Education seems a good fit for the woman who has racked up an impressive work and volunteer record over those 30 years.
It's a work history that kept bringing her back to BCE in some form or another.
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